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Sports News of Monday, 19 August 2019


Negotiation stalls Commey, Teofimo fight

Negotiations between Ghana’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight titlist, Richard Commey, and challenger, Teofimo Lopez, has broken down as both camps failed to reach an agreement over the mandatory defence.
With the September 7 deadline approaching, the camp of Commey revealed that they were yet to come to a conclusion with Team Lopez for the fight despite the IBF ordering both parties to agree to fight within 30 days.

According to the IBF order, the sanctioning body will hold a purse bid through its registered promoters should both camps fail to agree for the mandatory bout by the September 7 deadline.

Confirming this to the Graphic Sports, the manager of Commey, Michael Amoo-Bediako,said they were yet to agree with Lopez for the bout to take place by the end of the year.

“We are yet to reach an agreement to fight Lopez but as it stands now, it is not about what he wants or thinks about the fight.

“We are concentrating on ourselves and we will definitely fight by the close of the year even if the deal doesn’t go through,” the manager said.

The much-anticipated bout between Commey and Lopez stalled after the American expressed his desire to pull out of the fight until his family issues are resolved.

“If we don’t sort these things out, there won’t be a fight between myself and Richard Commey,” Lopez told Max Kellerman on ESPN2’s Max on Boxing in an interview.

“I have to regroup within myself. I can beat all these guys, impressively and without any flaws in the ring. But if Teofimo is not happy when he is in the ring, then those are the problems that—the only person that can beat me is me.

“Of course it’s only going to get harder. The competition gets tougher. I will fight again but not until everything is organised again and back at ground one,” he added.

Commey on the other hand is coming back from a five- bout winning streak against Hedi Slimani, Alejandro Luna, Yardley Cruz, Isa Chaniev and Raymundo Beltran with the previous four coming by way of knockout victories.

The 32-year-old hard-hitting fighter earned a second round stoppage win over Isa Chaniev on February 2 before dispatching Raymundo Beltran in eight rounds in his last ring outing.